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WORLD MANGROVE DAY
PHOTOGRAPHY
AWARDS 2020

Welcome to our 6th World Mangrove Day Photography Awards! Once again as a celebration of International Mangrove Day, we are raising awareness of the importance of mangrove forests with our global photography contest. Following on from World Environment Day and to celebrate the bold commitments being made across the world for a sustainable future, our theme for this year’s contest is #ForNature.

We invite you to send us your best photos for a chance to be part of a special exhibition that will help highlight the beauty and importance of these undervalued coastal ecosystems. Photos will be judged by an expert panel and there will be special prizes this year for our three chosen winners. Wherever you live in the world and whether you are an amateur or professional, beginner or expert, young or old, this contest is for you! Your images have the power to inspire people and to help raise the profile of mangroves.

The deadline for entries in the 24th July! Don’t miss this opportunity to share your photos with the world and participate in our mission to protect these incredible ecosystems! Scroll down for some inspiration and find out other ways in which you can get involved with the Mangrove Action Project!

WAYS YOU CAN ACT

AND SHARE TO MAKE SOME NOISE!

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LIFE

LIFE

Mangrove forests make up one of the most productive and biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. They are incredibly important habitats linking land and sea and are essential for the health of our planet. These unique forests help to mitigate climate change by keeping our oceans clean and storing huge amounts of carbon in their rich soils, purifying the air we breathe. Mangroves can sequester up to five times more carbon per hectare than tropical rainforests.

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FOOD

FOOD

Mangroves are among the world’s most productive fishing grounds, yielding vast numbers of fish, crabs, shrimps and molluscs. Nearly half the global population lives within 100 km of the sea, and an estimated 210 million people live near mangroves in tropical regions and depend on them for food. Many marine species, including fish and shrimp, use mangroves as nurseries during early life stages as they provide food and shelter. Healthy mangrove ecosystems mean healthy fisheries from which to fish, and healthy land on which to farm.

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WILDLIFE

WILDLIFE

Home to an incredible array of marine and terrestrial species, mangroves are biodiversity hotspots and serve as nurseries for many coral reef and commercially important fish species. Mangroves ecosystems provide a unique environment harboring diverse groups of microorganisms which in turn support many other animals. Mangroves are prime nesting and migratory resting and feeding sites for hundreds of bird species. They also support iconic and endangered species such as the Bengal tiger, manatees, the proboscis monkey and fishing cats.

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LIVELIHOODS

LIVELIHOODS

Mangroves are one of the most productive ecosystems providing food, medicines, tannins, fuel wood, charcoal and construction materials for local communities. For visitors, mangroves offer great opportunities for wildlife viewing, bird watching and other recreational activities such as boat tours, fishing and kayaking which in turn offer good returns for the locals. Mangrove wood is dense and resistant to rot and insects, making it extremely valuable. Many coastal communities use mangrove wood for fuel as well as using it as a construction material.

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PROTECTION

PROTECTION

Mangrove forests protect coastal communities from natural hazards such as tropical storms, tsunamis and coastal erosion. Waves are rapidly reduced as they pass through the above-ground roots and branches of mangroves, lessening wave damage during storms. A 100 m forest can reduce the destructive force of a storm surge by over 90%. Dense roots help to trap sediments which helps to stabilize coastlines and reduce erosion. By filtering out sediments, the forests also protect coral reefs and seagrass meadows from being smothered by sediment. Mangroves also keep groundwater fresh and protect agricultural lands behind from salination.

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